As part of our road trip to Normandy, we also stopped by a few locations in the beautiful Brittany, or Bretagne. Brittany is the home of cider, galettes (savory crepes), and delicious seafood.
Four hours from our apartment in Paris, we made our first stop at Côte de Granit Rose. The whole town is covered with pink granite- the sidewalks, the walls, everything. It’s quite beautiful. We took a little walk to the town’s lighthouse and watched the sunset.
I missed the smell of sea water. It was nice to climb on top of the rocks and stare out into the endless ocean.
Another town we stopped by was called Saint-Malo, a historic walled port city. The old town is surrounded by tall walls (that you can also walk on) and inside lies many restaurants, bars, markets, and tourist shops. Walking through the city felt like living on old castle grounds. I’m currently reading All the Light We Cannot See, which is set partly in Saint-Malo. Walking along the roads here really brought the book to life for me.
Brittany is also home to a TON of hydrangea flowers. Wow. Every single house we passed by had fences adorned with these blooms. Absolutely stunning.
The trip to Brittany wouldn’t be complete without tasting the Kouign Aman, the famous Breton pastry full of butter and sugary goodness. It tasted a lot lighter and less sticky than the Kouign Amans I used to buy at Seattle’s Crumble & Flake bakery. Both are wonderful, but very different. Speaking of Seattle, we’ll be making our way there very soon. I’m looking forward to it!